HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Sarah MacLean

New York Times Best-Selling Romance Author


  • Real Heroines Rip Their Own Bodices: Romance as a Feminist Genre
  • Mining Magnificence in the Mundane: Finding Inspiration in Every Day Life
  • By Women, For Women: What Romance Tells Us About Women's Real and Fantasy Lives
  • The Empire (Waist) Strikes Back: The Appeal of Historical Stories in the Modern World
  • One Web, One Brand: Using Social Media to Build the Artist's Brand


New York

Sarah MacLean spent much of her childhood lurking in the stacks of her local library, where she developed both her passion for history and her commitment to the romance genre. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees in history and cultural anthropology from Smith College and Harvard University before she moved to New York City, where she finally set pen to paper and wrote her own book. Since then, MacLean's romance novels have been New York Times and USA Today best-sellers, translated into more than a dozen languages, and nominated for numerous awards. The perfect keynote speaker for women's groups, schools, libraries, and literacy organizations, MacLean speaks on everything from feminism in romance novels to the reasons behind the appeal of historical fiction in today's world.

MacLean burst onto the romance scene with Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake (Avon), the first in her best-selling and critically acclaimed three-book Love By Numbers series. In early 2012, she released the first book in her new, pre-Victorian Rules of Scoundrels series, A Rogue by Any Other Name (Avon). MacLean has been named one of the best new voices in romance by Booklist magazine, which hailed her as a "literary supernova," and she has quickly become one of the genre's rising stars.

When she is not writing, MacLean travels the country to discuss the romance genre and its place in both gender and cultural studies. She is also a vocal advocate for issues relating to education and literacy. She lives in New York City with her husband and their dog.

Praise for Sarah MacLean:

"Penn State was proud to host Sarah MacLean for both a keynote address and a student workshop. Her discussion of the complex politics and enduring appeal of romance fiction was passionately argued; both die-hard fans of hers and complete novices to romance reported finding her talk compelling. She wove a sophisticated narrative that included both famed historical works of romance and up-to-the-minute contemporary trends. We were also very impressed with her freindly and accessible rapport with the student audience, and we highly recommend her as a speaker." -- Sarah Whitney, Ph.D., Chair of Behrend Gender Studies Conference, Penn State University

"When it comes to crafting wonderfully escapist love stories composed of equal measures of sexy romance and sharp wit, literary newcomer MacLean is unrivaled."
-- Chicago Tribune

"Wildly romantic."
-- Eloisa James, New York Times best-selling romance author

"Sarah MacLean's books are everything historical romance should be."
-- Sophie Jordan, New York Times best-selling author

"Literary supernova."
-- Booklist

"MacLean's stories read with an ease and pure pleasure that usually befit the genre's veteran divas."
-- New York Journal of Books

"MacLean gets better with each new book."
-- Romantic Times